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<br>The '''[[United States Military Records|U.S. Military Records Research]]&nbsp;'''Outline provides more information on federal military records and search strategies.
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Oregon|Oregon]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Oregon_Military_Records|Military Records]]''  
  
Many military records are found at the Genealogical library, the '''[http://www.archives.gov/index.html National Archives]''' and other federal and state archives. The United States Research Outline provides more information on the federal records. For Oregon the following sources are also very helpful.  
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The [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military Records]] Wiki article provides more information on federal military records and search strategies.
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Many military records are found at the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]], the [http://www.archives.gov/index.html National Archives] and other federal and state archives.  
  
 
=== Forts  ===
 
=== Forts  ===
  
Fort Dalles 1850 -1867  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Dalles Fort Dalles ]1850 -1867  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Harney Fort Harney] 1867-1889
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*[http://fortwiki.com/Fort_Henrietta Fort Henrietta ]1855-1856
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Hoskins Fort Hoskins ]1856-1865
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*[http://www.legendsofamerica.com/or-fortklamath.html Fort Klamath ]-- Textual records of this fort, 1864-1890, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://fortwiki.com/Fort_Lane Fort Lane ]1853-56
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*[http://www.northamericanforts.com/West/or2.html#dalles Fort Lee ]- Also known as Fort Wascopam
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*[http://fortwiki.com/Fort_Miner Fort Miner]
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*[http://fortwiki.com/Fort_Orford Fort Orford] 1851-56 -- Textual records of this fort, 1851-1856, including registers, reports and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*Camp San Juan Island -- in Washington
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Stevens_(Oregon) Fort Stevens ]-- Textual records of this fort, 1865-1922, including registers, reports and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://fortwiki.com/Fort_Umpqua_(1) Fort Umpqua ]--&nbsp;1856 -1862
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*[http://fortwiki.com/Fort_Vannoy Fort Vannoy]--1855-1856 Rougue River War
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Vancouver Fort Vancouver ]-- in Washington
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Warner Camp Warner ]-- Textual records of this fort, 1866-1874, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://fortwiki.com/Fort_Walla_Walla_(1) Fort Walla Walla ]-- in Washington
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Yamhill Fort Yamhill ]--&nbsp;1856 -1866
  
Fort Harney 1867-1889
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'''References'''
  
Fort Henrietta 1855-1856
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''Michno, Gregory, ''Encyclopedia of Indian Wars&nbsp;: Western Battles and Skirmishes, 1850-1890''(Mountain Press Publishing CO., Missoula, Montana C. 2003.) ISBN 0-87842-468-7 {{WorldCat|52216115|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}''
  
Fort Hoskins 1856-1865
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=== Indian Wars (1780s-1890s)  ===
  
Fort Klamath -- Textual records of this fort, 1864-1890, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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Published rosters of soldiers and a history of the Indian Wars is found in: Frances Fuller Victor, ''Early Indian Wars of Oregon&nbsp;: compiled from the Oregon archives and other original sources: with muster rolls'' (Salem: F. C. Baker, state printer, 1904). {{WorldCat|1072417|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}
  
Fort Lane 1853-56
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Pension files are housed at the [http://www.ohs.org Oregon Historical Society], and an [http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jkidd/articles/IndWarPens.htm index] is available on the internet.
  
Fort Lee
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=== Mexican War (1846 to 1848)  ===
  
Fort Miner
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The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided. <br>
  
Fort Orford 1851-56 -- Textual records of this fort, 1851-1856, including registers, reports and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).  
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*''Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926''. (NARA T317). {{FHL|0537000|item|disp=FHL films 0537000–13}} Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:<br>
  
Camp San Juan Island -- in Washington
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:*{{RecordSearch|1979390|United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926}} (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. ([[United States, Index to Mexican War Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])<br>
  
Fort Stevens -- Textual records of this fort, 1865-1922, including registers, reports and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).  
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*Robarts, William Hugh. ''Mexican War Veterans&nbsp;: A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848…'' Washington, D.C.&nbsp;: Brentano’s, 1887. {{FHL|1854496|item|disp=FHL book 973 M2rwh}} Digital version available at [http://archive.org/details/mexicanwarvetera00roba Internet Archive].<br>
  
Fort Umpqua --&nbsp;1856 -1862
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Click on these links to learn more about the [[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848|Mexican War]] and about [[US Mexican War Pension Records|Mexican War pension records]].
  
Fort Vannoy--1855-1856 Rougue River War  
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=== Civil War (1861 to 1865)  ===
  
Fort Vancouver -- in Washington
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[[Image:{{FortYamhill}}]]<br>See [[Oregon in the Civil War|Oregon in the Civil War]] for information about Oregon Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Oregon regiments involved in the Civil War.
  
Camp Warner -- Textual records of this fort, 1866-1874, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).  
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The regimental pages often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching more about the soldiers and their families.  
  
Fort Walla Walla -- in Washington
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The [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System] allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor. <br>
  
Fort Yamhill --&nbsp;1856 -1866
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
  
'''References'''
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[[Oregon, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Oregon, Civil War Service Record of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
''Encyclopedia of Indian Wars Western Battles and Skirmishes 1850-1890''. By Gregory F. Michno. Mountain Press publishing CO., Missoula, Montana C. 2003. [[/en/index.php?title=Special:BookSources&isbn=0878424687|ISBN 0-87842-468-7]]
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=== Spanish-American War (1898)<br>  ===
  
=== '''Indian Wars (various years)''' ===
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The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.
  
Published rosters of soldiers and a history of the Indian Wars is found in:&nbsp;Frances Fuller Victor, ''Early Indian Wars of Oregon,&nbsp;compiled from the Oregon archives and other original sources : with muster rolls'' (Salem: F. C. Baker, state printer, 1904).
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*A published roster of soldiers that provides name, age, place of birth, occupation, physical description and service is C. U. Gantenbein, ''The Official Records of the Oregon Volunteers in the Spanish War and Philippine Insurrection'', 2nd ed. (Salem, Oregon: J.R. Whitney, 1903) ([http://books.google.com/books?id=yUwTAAAAYAAJ Google Books]); {{FHL|18187|item|disp=FHL fiche 6051175}}
  
Pension files are housed at the [http://www.ohs.org Oregon Historical Society], and an [http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jkidd/articles/IndWarPens.htm index]&nbsp;is available on the internet.
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:*There are two databases that contain records extracted from this book on Ancestry.com.
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::*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4830 Oregon Volunteers, Spanish American War and Philippine Insurrection ](Ancestry) ($)
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::*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28586 The official records of the Oregon volunteers in the Spanish War and Philippine Insurrection] (Ancestry) ($)
  
=== Civil War (1861-1865)  ===
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'''Indexes'''
  
A published roster that provides each volunteer's name, rank, dates of service, place of enlistment, place of birth, age, occupation, and company is M.A. Pekar and Edna Mingus, comps., ''Soldiers Who Served in the Oregon Volunteers, Civil War Period, Infantry and Cavalry'' (Portland, Oregon: Genealogical Forum of Portland Oregon, 1961; Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=140631&disp=Land+laws+and+early+settlers+of+Oregon%20%20&columns=*,0,0 979.5 A1 No. 16] also [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=99325&disp=Soldiers+who+served+in+the+Oregon+volunt%20%20&columns=*,0,0 979.5 M2p]; film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=141705&disp=Soldiers+who+served+in+the+Oregon+Volunt%20%20&columns=*,0,0 928088 item 8]; fiche [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=99325&disp=Soldiers+who+served+in+the+Oregon+volunt%20%20&columns=*,0,0 6051234]).
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*{{RecordSearch|1919699|United States, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934}} (NARA T288). (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. The index covers veterans of the Civil War, '''Spanish‑American War,''' Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Rebellion (1900 to 1901), and the regular Army, Navy, and Marine forces. ([[United States, General Index to Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])
  
A published list of deaths reported to the Oregon department of the Grand Army of the Republic is Jane Myers, ''Honor Roll of Oregon Grand Army of the Republic, 1881-1935'' (Cottage Grove, Oregon: Cottage Grove Genealogical Society, 1980; Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=140631&disp=Land+laws+and+early+settlers+of+Oregon%20%20&columns=*,0,0 979.5 A1] No. 53).
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*{{RecordSearch|1919583|United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898}} (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. ([[United States, Index to Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers in the War with Spain (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])
  
The Family History Library has an index to service records of Union Army soldiers (Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=316984&disp=Index+to+compiled+service+records+of+vol%20%20&columns=*,0,0 821947]) and a nationwide index to pension records. The actual service and pension records are available only at the National Archives.  
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Click on the link to learn more about the [[Spanish-American War, 1898|Spanish American War]].  
  
'''Civil War Pension Index Cards''' - A free Internet index to pension applications of veterans who served in the US Army between 1861-1917 is available on [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1471019 FamilySearch Record Search]. Each card gives the soldier’s name, application and certificate numbers, state of enlistment, and might include rank and death information. Other wars, of that time period, may be included.
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=== Philippine Insurrection (1898–1902)  ===
  
On line records can be located by using a search engine and the keys words such as "Civil War History".<br>
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*A published roster of soldiers that provides name, age, place of birth, occupation, physical description and service is C. U. Gantenbein, ''The Official Records of the Oregon Volunteers in the Spanish War and Philippine Insurrection'', 2nd ed. (Salem, Oregon: J.R. Whitney, 1903) {{FHL|18187|item|disp=FHL fiche6051175}} [http://books.google.com/books?id=yUwTAAAAYAAJ Google Books]
  
=== Spanish-American War (1898) ===
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:*There are two databases that contain records extracted from this book on Ancestry.com.
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::*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4830 Oregon Volunteers, Spanish American War and Philippine Insurrection ](Ancestry) ($)
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::*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28586 The official records of the Oregon volunteers in the Spanish War and Philippine Insurrection] (Ancestry) ($)
  
A published roster of soldiers that provides name, age, place of birth, occupation, physical description and service is C. U. Gantenbein, ''The Official Records of the Oregon Volunteers in the Spanish War and Philippine Insurrection'', 2nd ed. (Salem, Oregon: J.R. Whitney, 1903; Family History Library fiche [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=18187&disp=The+Official+records+of+the+Oregon+volun%20%20&columns=*,0,0 6051175]).  
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=== World War I (1917-1918)  ===
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World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.
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*{{RecordSearch|1968530|United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} (FamilySearch) - free
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World War I draft registration cards for men ages 18 to 45 may list address, birth date, birthplace, race, nationality, citizenship, and next of kin. Not all registrants served in the war.  
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Microfilm records of registration cards for Oregon are located at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. They have created an index, which is available [http://www.gfo.org/ww1/index.htm on their website].
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'''WARNING''': Be aware that when the original cards were microfilmed, a section for Portland were omitted. Repositories holding the microfilmed copies do not have thse records. The original cards are housed at the [[National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta)]], Morrow, Georgia, and photocopied records of the missing section are available at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, in Portland.
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[[United States World War I Draft Records|United States World War I Draft Records]] provides additional information.
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=== World War II (1941-1945)  ===
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On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.  
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*{{RecordSearch|1339071|United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse)}} (FamilySearch) - free
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*{{RecordSearch|1861144|United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942}} (images with partial index) (FamilySearch) - free
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:Also available at:<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 Ancestry] ($)
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*[http://www.fold3.com/title_765/wwii_old_mans_draft_registration_cards Fold3] ($).
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[[World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945|World War II United States Military Records]] provides additional information.
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=== Korean War (1950–1953)  ===
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The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the [[United States Korean War 1950 to 1953|Korean War ]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.
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=== Vietnam War (1964–1972)  ===
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The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the [[United States Vietnam War 1964 to 1972|Vietnam War]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.
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=== Additional Records  ===
  
 
The [[Oregon Archives and Libraries|Oregon State Archives]] has the following:  
 
The [[Oregon Archives and Libraries|Oregon State Archives]] has the following:  
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*Records of the state bonuses and loan applications of World War I veterans
 
*Records of the state bonuses and loan applications of World War I veterans
  
=== World War I (1917-1918) ===
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=== Web Sites ===
 
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World War I draft registration cards for men ages 18 to 45 may list address, birth date, birthplace, race, nationality, citizenship, and next of kin. Not all registrants served in the war. For registration cards for Oregon,&nbsp; '''[http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/military/ww1/draft-registration/index.html click here]''' or see:
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Microfilm records of registration cards for Oregon are located at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. They have created an index, which is available [http://www.gfo.org/ww1/index.htm on their website].
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'''WARNING''': Be aware that when the original cards were microfilmed, a section for Portland were omitted. Repositories holding the microfilmed copies do not have thse records. The original cards are housed at the [http://www.archives.gov/southeast/ National Archives Southeast Division], in Atlanta, Georgia, and photocopied records of the missing section are available at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, in Portland.
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''<br>
  
== Web Sites  ==
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*[[Oregon, Benton County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Oregon, Benton County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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*[[Oregon, Yamhill County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Oregon, Yamhill County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
  
== References  ==
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<br>{{Oregon|Oregon}} {{State Military Records}}
  
''[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Search/Rg/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=Oregon.ASP Oregon Research Outline].'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.
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The U.S. Military Records Wiki article provides more information on federal military records and search strategies.

Many military records are found at the Family History Library, the National Archives and other federal and state archives.

Forts

References

Michno, Gregory, Encyclopedia of Indian Wars : Western Battles and Skirmishes, 1850-1890(Mountain Press Publishing CO., Missoula, Montana C. 2003.) ISBN 0-87842-468-7 At various libraries (WorldCat)

Indian Wars (1780s-1890s)

Published rosters of soldiers and a history of the Indian Wars is found in: Frances Fuller Victor, Early Indian Wars of Oregon : compiled from the Oregon archives and other original sources: with muster rolls (Salem: F. C. Baker, state printer, 1904). At various libraries (WorldCat)

Pension files are housed at the Oregon Historical Society, and an index is available on the internet.

Mexican War (1846 to 1848)

The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided.

  • Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926. (NARA T317). FHL films 0537000–13 Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:
  • Robarts, William Hugh. Mexican War Veterans : A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848… Washington, D.C. : Brentano’s, 1887. FHL book 973 M2rwh Digital version available at Internet Archive.

Click on these links to learn more about the Mexican War and about Mexican War pension records.

Civil War (1861 to 1865)

Fort Yamhill (in use 1856-1866), Polk County, Oregon

See Oregon in the Civil War for information about Oregon Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Oregon regiments involved in the Civil War.

The regimental pages often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching more about the soldiers and their families.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Oregon, Civil War Service Record of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Spanish-American War (1898)

The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.

  • A published roster of soldiers that provides name, age, place of birth, occupation, physical description and service is C. U. Gantenbein, The Official Records of the Oregon Volunteers in the Spanish War and Philippine Insurrection, 2nd ed. (Salem, Oregon: J.R. Whitney, 1903) (Google Books); FHL fiche 6051175
  • There are two databases that contain records extracted from this book on Ancestry.com.

Indexes

Click on the link to learn more about the Spanish American War.

Philippine Insurrection (1898–1902)

  • A published roster of soldiers that provides name, age, place of birth, occupation, physical description and service is C. U. Gantenbein, The Official Records of the Oregon Volunteers in the Spanish War and Philippine Insurrection, 2nd ed. (Salem, Oregon: J.R. Whitney, 1903) FHL fiche6051175 Google Books
  • There are two databases that contain records extracted from this book on Ancestry.com.

World War I (1917-1918)

World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.

World War I draft registration cards for men ages 18 to 45 may list address, birth date, birthplace, race, nationality, citizenship, and next of kin. Not all registrants served in the war.

Microfilm records of registration cards for Oregon are located at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. They have created an index, which is available on their website.

WARNING: Be aware that when the original cards were microfilmed, a section for Portland were omitted. Repositories holding the microfilmed copies do not have thse records. The original cards are housed at the National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta), Morrow, Georgia, and photocopied records of the missing section are available at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, in Portland.

United States World War I Draft Records provides additional information.

World War II (1941-1945)

On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.

Also available at:

World War II United States Military Records provides additional information.

Korean War (1950–1953)

The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the Korean War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Vietnam War (1964–1972)

The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the Vietnam War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Additional Records

The Oregon State Archives has the following:

  • Early service records from the Indian Wars
  • National Guard records through 1920
  • Records of the Roseburg State Soldiers' Home
  • An index to World War I veterans
  • World War I files from the State Historian of the Defense Council (biographical questionnaires)
  • Records of the state bonuses and loan applications of World War I veterans

Web Sites

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at: